A broad middle exists in the reaction to Pope Francis' exhortation, with a great deal of goodwill and encouragement taken from the document.
The advocacy group's petition alleges that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hasn't honored its zero tolerance policy toward abusive priests and deacons.
Last week, Pope Francis appointed three priests as auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles. One of them is the popular host of Word on Fire (and rector of Chicago's Mundelein Seminary), Fr.
"Throughout the debate and the discussion, we did ask people to try to be respectful and inoffensive in language," Archbishop Eamon Martin said.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' decision to call an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy looks more and more urgent with each passing day.
When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely ceremonial role as head of a Rome-based Catholic charity, it was viewed as a way to sideline one of the pope's most outspoken critics on the right.
But the move seems to have left Burke free to air his conservative -- and pointed -- views on efforts to change church practices.
"If we can't get it straight with regard to the truth about marriage and the family, we really don't have much to say about anything else."
"If the Catholic Church ordained women, altar girls would make sense, but the Catholic priesthood is a male charism."
A small c catholic: A recent experience of reading the Book of Judith convinces me that Catholics and Protestants alike might do well to learn of and from these writings.
Grace on the Margins: No week is ever a good week for women’s equality in the Roman Catholic church. But last week was particularly grim.